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County planners delay decision on development


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Developers are hoping to build a Casey's General Store and gas station on Lot 1 of 3 at U.S. 52 and Mt. Comfort Road. (Graphic facilitated by Brian Davis)
Developers are hoping to build a Casey's General Store and gas station on Lot 1 of 3 at U.S. 52 and Mt. Comfort Road. (Graphic facilitated by Brian Davis)


GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Area Plan Commission on Tuesday tabled a decision on a proposed New Palestine-area subdivision over uncertainty about its potential future uses.

Property owners Union Savings & Loan, Credo Investments LLC and Dr. Trevor Lloyd-Jones seek to create a subdivision with three lots on the northwest corner of U.S. 52 and Mt. Comfort Road just west of New Palestine.

The submitted plan would place a Casey’s General Store and gas station on lot 1 of 3.

Commission members were uncomfortable with the fact that less than half of the property is in play for construction and delayed a decision until owners and their representatives can tie down the other issues.

“I don’t want to see this project die, but I have concerns about approving this project as configured,” said plan commission member Craig Glazier.

Commissioners said they had no issue with locating the 4,250-square-foot store on the first of the three lots wedged between U.S. 52 and CR 600W, but granting what amounted to open-ended approval – subject only to future technical committee review – of development on the remaining lots was more than they were ready to do Tuesday.

Wes Meyers, the owners’ engineering and surveying consultant, said a rectangular, half-acre lot abutting the convenience store site to the west could accommodate a financial institution, but what concerned commissioners most was a 1-acre, L-shaped lot that wrapped around the site’s western and northern borders.

“It’s exactly what I expected for (the Casey’s lot),” Glazier said. “It’s everything that’s around it that concerns me. (The L-shaped lot) is even less viable as a commercial use.”

“It’s really tough to do this on a lot of this configuration without it being a planned unit development where you know everything up front,” Glazier said.

Commissioners also raised concerns over precise property line locations, landscape buffers to the north, ingress and egress to the various lots and the relocation of a home on the property.

Charles Martin, who has lived just north of the site for more than 30 years said the home previously situated on the property has been moved “basically into our backyard,” and cautioned that further development would increase drainage and light pollution issues on his land.

“This is very upsetting to us, our home and our family,” Martin told commissioners.”

The commission voted unanimously to continue the matter to its Feb. 26 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at 111 American Legion Place in Greenfield.

According to its corporate web site, Casey’s General Stores operates more than 1,700 outlets in the Midwest with 77 locations in Indiana, including one in Greenfield.

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